Pres. Obama to host White House summit on sports-related concussions CNN
As a sports fan and parent with two young daughters, President Obama says more must be done to protect the health and safety of children participating in youth sports. Obama expressed support on Wednesday for increased understanding of the biggest concern among parents: Concussions.
Obama is scheduled to host a summit at the White House on Thursday in an effort to advance research and raise prevention awareness on sports-related youth concussions.
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Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found a startling lack of data on concussions — especially in youth sports — as well as a "culture of resistance" among those athletes who avoid self-reporting concussions.
Calling for a team effort, Obama is bringing together key stakeholders including the NCAA and NFL to highlight new commitments for research and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.
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Among the efforts:
— The NCAA and Department of Defense are teaming up to launch a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted.
— The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety.
— One hundred Pop Warner teams will participate in a research project modeled tracking concussions and concussion trends in high school sports.
— U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will organize a medical summit to lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and presentation initiatives.